My middle son was having a bad day. It seemed that nothing would go his way–according to his six year old mindset. I tried everything to bless, encourage and strengthen him. I decided to prepare a candlelight dinner in the formal dining room to help boost his mood. The extra effort to light the candles, provide the cloth napkins and eat on the fancy dinnerware pours greatly into all my kids.
After our meal, I offered applesauce to my kids unaware that I only had one portion size left. My four year old daughter was the first to meet me at the refrigerator, so I handed the cup to her and explained to my boys that they could have yogurt. My middle son had run behind his sister, trying to claim the applesauce first; and he crumpled to the ground when he saw her walk back to the table with it. Then he began to cry.
I knew his day had been difficult, and I desperately wanted to magically appear another container of pink strawberry flavored applesauce for my heartbroken son. Suddenly, I remembered seeing apples in the refrigerator when I went looking for the strawberries that I served my kids for lunch. Plus, I knew that there were a few strawberries still left in the container.
I knelt down next to my son and asked him if he would like to make homemade strawberry applesauce. Instantly, his countenance changed, and he quickly got off the floor. I sliced up the apples and strawberries, and my son put them in the blender and pushed the medium speed button. Two minutes later, I poured homemade applesauce into three beautiful glass bowls and watched as my kids happily ate their dessert.
My middle son’s face lit up with joy, and I became aware of how much God loves my boy. God knew this day would happen. He knew that my son’s little heart would be sad, so He made sure that two apples and a few strawberries would be left in the refrigerator for this moment. And I’m reminded that my efforts as a mother will always fall short, and that is why I claim the power, strength, peace, wisdom, gentleness, understanding and the abundance of the Holy Spirit in my life.
I can rest in the Holy Spirit’s leading as a mother because I know that He desires God’s best for my family.
“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Luke 11.13 NLT).